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Make Healthy Resolutions for 2016

by JoAnn Pinkerton | Jan 01, 2016

A new year is upon us. It is a great time to think about where you are and where you want to be. What are your personal health resolutions for 2016? Here are a few options to consider:

  • Work on your relationships with your family, your partner and your colleagues

Research shows that just a few of the benefits of robust and positive social relationships for women are longer life, better health, and better sleep.

  • Learn a new skill

Taking on that challenge can improve your brain health even more than regular socializing. Older adults who learned new skills when they took up new hobbies got significant boost in memory—even more than those who socialized regularly.

  • Buy a step counter and improve your personal health and fitness

Studies of people who use step counters show they increase their activity levels an average of 27% and walk at least 2,000 steps per day. Those little numbers can be big motivators.

  • Choose a new, healthy habit AND get rid of the unhealthy habit

Trick your brain! Research shows that willpower isn’t limitless, so don’t rely on willpower alone. Try substituting a good habit for a bad one. For example, if you sit and read to relax, try walking while you listen to an audiobook instead.

  • Focus on your spiritual life

Being involved in spiritual and religious life has been linked to positive health outcomes, so stick with your meditation or prayer and stay involved with your religious or spiritual community.

  • Get ambitious! Set a new career, family, or social goal

People show more improvement in performance when they have specific and ambitious goals rather than easy or general ones. So go for the brass ring!

  • Support a worthy cause by volunteering your time or money or donating to a new cause

Volunteering and donating don’t just help change the world for the better. Many studies have shown that helping others makes people happier. Volunteering also boosts your self-confidence, gives you a sense of purpose, combats depression, and helps you get physically healthy, too.

  • Give or throw away something every time you bring a new item into the house

This little trick can help you keep clutter under control. Clutter bombards your mind and sends your brain a message that life is out of control. If you keep it under control, you’ll reduce your stress. 

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